Media Room

The Missing Yazidis Women And Children Must Be Located And Rescued
by Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, Sept 25, 2021
… We cannot ensure justice for the Yazidis without finding the missing women and children. If alive, they continue to be subjected to horrific atrocities that need to be put to an end. …
“Nobody’s Listening” is a Virtual Reality experience and immersive exhibition that commemorates the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS in the summer of 2014 in northern Iraq.
Karlsruhe, Germany 02.10.21 – 09.01.22
Canada needs to reimagine a foreign policy for a leaderless world
by Lloyd Axworthy, Jean Charest, Jennifer Welsh, Jeremy Kinsman, and Ben Roswell, Globe and Mail, August 29, 2021
Sabaya review – extraordinary documentary shows struggle to free women kidnapped by Isis
by Phuong Le, The Guardian, August 18, 2021
Still going through hell’: the search for Yazidi women seven years on
by Kate Denereaz, The Guardian, August 3, 2021
As two women are rescued in Syria after being kidnapped by Isis years earlier, Yazidis renew calls for international help to find the thousands still unaccounted for
Fire destroys shelter for hundreds of families in Yazidi camp
Jerusalem Post, June 5, 2021
Fire burns through Yazidi displacement camp seven years after ISIS genocide

The Washington Post, June 4, 2021
BAGHDAD — Almost 1,400 of Iraq’s Yazidi minority were left homeless Friday after a fire destroyed sections of their displacement camp, adding a new trauma for survivors of a genocide by the Islamic State group…
On GPS: Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad on the Yazidi victims of ISIS
by Fareed Zakaria, CNN, 5:29, May 17, 2021
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nobel prize winner Nadia Murad tell Fareed that Yazidi victims need ISIS to be prosecuted for genocide so they can move on.
ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds, May 10, 2021
A UN team investigating ISIL atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard on Monday. (Includes “Convert or die”)
Beekeeper turned spymaster searches for Iraq’s missing Yazidis
by Margaret Evans, CBC News, Apr 16, 2021
Seven years after Yazidi women and children were kidnapped by ISIS, thousands are still missing
Yazidi women forced to choose between going home and their children
CBC News The National, April 13, 2021
The Yazidi women who were captured by ISIS and raped now find themselves unable to return to their community without abandoning their children.
Yazidis in Iraq struggle to rebuild their lives
CBC News The National, April 12, 2021
Almost seven years after ISIS waged a genocidal campaign of violence against the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, they are still waiting for justice and help. Hundreds of thousands are displaced and many believe without international assistance, there is no path forward to rebuild their lives.
Canada to welcome more Yazidi refugees and other survivors of ISIS
By Levon Sevunts | Radio Canada International, April 2, 2021
Ottawa makes it easier for Yazidi families torn apart by ISIS violence to reunite in Canada
by Karen Pauls · CBC News · Mar 23, 2021
New policy expands eligibility for sponsorship to come to Canada
Cast out: the Yazidi women reunited with their children born in Isis slavery
by Martin Chulov and Nechirvan Mando in Erbil, The Guardian, March 12, 2021
Yazidi elders disown former slaves of Islamic State, forcing them to choose between their children and their community
Pope Francis calls for respect for the rights of the Yazidis
by Linda Bordoni, The Vatican News, March 6, 2021
“innocent victims of a senseless and inhumane barbarity”
Yazidis have been forgotten during Covid. They need justice, jobs and a return home
by Nadia Murad, The Guardian, Feb 24, 2021
Survivors of Islamic State brutality are pushed further into the margins as the pandemic causes the world to turn inward
Yazidi campaigners call for suicide strategy in Iraq after 11 found dead in 10 days
Psychologist laments ‘a cry for help that is not being heard’
by Nicky Harley, The National News, January 19, 2021
‘Making our home safe again’: meet the women who clear land mines
Hundreds of thousands of Improvised Explosive Devices were planted by ISIS.
by Jessie Williams, The Guardian, Jan 31, 2021
A Yazidi Woman Searches For Her Lost Daughter, Kidnapped By ISIS 6 Years Ago
by Jane Arraf,, Nov 24, 2020
The Least We Can Do premiere and discussion, One World Refugee Film Festival
Media Advisory, Dec 8, 2020
What are a country’s international moral obligations during a pandemic?
Press release, Women Refugees Advocacy Project, Oct 26, 2020
Call for intervention in the humanitarian crisis taking place as thousands of Yazidi leave refugee camps to return to Sinjar
“I urge the Canadian government to explore every potential diplomatic and political strategy to protect and aid the Yazidi refugees as they return to Sinjar. Action must be taken quickly.” Lloyd Axworthy, Chair, World Refugee & Migration Council
Call for intervention in the humanitarian crisis taking place as thousands of Yazidi leave refugee camps to return to Sinjar
Financial Post, Sept 15, 2020
Call for humanitarian intervention in Sinjar
WRAP Sept 15 2020 press release
Iraq: From one crisis to another for the Yazidi
by Doctors Without Borders – 10 August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the Yazidi community in Sinjar district in north-west Iraq. Although there are not many cases recorded in the area, the restrictive measures adopted in Iraq (like many other countries worldwide) to curb the spread of the virus are burdening the daily lives and well-being of an already vulnerable community. …Restrictions having the effect of:  less work, more domestic abuse, surge of depression, unwanted pregnancies (as can’t get to the one hospital for family planning), etc.
United Nations Digital Dialogue Commemorating The Sixth Anniversary Of The Genocidal Campaign Against The Yazidi Minority
Co-hosted by: Nadia’s Initiative and the Permanent Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, streamed online at, August 3, 2020
Six years after ISIL started its genocidal campaign: The state of the Yazidi community… Many of the over 120,000 Yazidis who have returned to their ancestral homelands in the region of Sinjar are struggling to rebuild their lives. The majority of these individuals have been without vital services since the summer of 2014, including healthcare, education, and livelihoods support.
MAG phone calls help Yazidi families returning to mine-ridden Sinjar
Relief Web, Aug 3, 2020 (MAG/Mines Advisory Group)
…MAG is warning of the dangers of improvised landmines pose to hundreds of Yazidi families returning to the Sinjar district. Coronavirus travel and work restrictions are leaving Yazidi families with little choice but to return from the refugee camps and settlements to which they fled to escape ISIS. The families are returning to a region littered with improvised landmines and other deadly explosives left behind by the same ISIS forces responsible for the massacre that devastated their communities…people are killed or injured by these devices on a daily basis.
Shingalian displaced people are continuing to farewell to the camps
by Basim Qasim, Ezidi 24, June 18, 2020 (Translation – Tahseen Haskany)
“After tragic conditions and spending more than five years in the IDP camps, we decided to return to our city. It doesn’t matter how can we live In Shingal but, it’s better than living in camps.”
Yazidis returning to Sinjar, despite fresh conflict and Covid-19
efe-epa By Marta Rullán, Madrid Desk, 30 Jun 2020
Despite Turkish bombings, the continued threat of the Islamic State terror organization and the global Covid-19 pandemic, Yazidi refugees are returning home to Sinjar six years after they were forced to flee genocide.
After six years of living under the two meters of nylon, Ezidi people decide to return to Shingal
by farhad barakat ali, June 15, 2020, Ezidi24
A Yazidi Survivor’s Struggle Shows The Pain That Endures After ISIS Attack
by Jane Arraf, NPR, August 8, 2020
Um Hiba’s trauma over being enslaved, raped and beaten by ISIS after fighters raided her village didn’t end when she was freed three years ago.
Six years on: Yazidi survivors see ‘only empty promises’ in aftermath of massacre
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, August 4, 2020
Yazidi children and rape victims ‘left abandoned’ after Isis captivity – report
by Kaamil Ahmed, The Guardian, July 30, 2020
Amnesty calls for action to help victims overcome trauma, as families return home to landscape littered with landmines
Urgent Action: Turkey bombing villages in Kurdistan
CPT (Christina Peacemaker Teams), June 14, 2020
Nadia Murad: “Mount Sinjar is a war zone right now. Turkish fighter jets are bombing multiple locations. Over 150 Yazidi families had just returned to their homes. When will @IraqiGovt & the international community apply some courage & political will to resolving security challenges in Sinjar?
‘Yazidi women are strong’: Iraq’s female landmine clearance teams
Isis planted mines across Sinjar and displaced the Yazidi community. Now a group of women are clearing the way for the return of their people
by Kate Denereaz, The Guardian, 7 Jul 2020
Will The Yazidis Survive In The Middle East?
… On May 29, 2020, Nadia Murad [said]… “Turkish-backed militias are silently carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Yazidis in Afrin, Syria. They are kidnapping women, killing civilians, and destroying houses and shrines.”
by Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, June 1, 2020
From genocide to pandemic: Yazidis in Iraq face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads by Sophia Akram, The New Arab, May 8, 2020
Investigators building case in bid to prosecute Islamic State figures for crimes against Yazidis 
The Commission for International Justice and Accountability is sharing its findings from Iraq with the UN team and is pursuing more evidence from Syria, where the Islamic State group made its last stand.
by Sarah El Deeb, QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq, The Associated Press, May 21, 2020
German Trial Accuses Iraqi of Genocide in Killing of Yazidi Girl
The Frankfurt trial of the 27-year-old man accused of being an ISIS member is believed to be the first that carries the charge of genocide in relation to the Yazidis.
by Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, April 25, 2020
How a gift of land is helping Yazidi refugees farm again
After ISIS drove them from their homeland, displaced people are returning to their roots. by Glynis Ratcliffe, Broadview, Feb 7, 2020
Torn apart by Islamic State and reunited in Calgary, three Yazidi sisters see a brighter future
by Christina Frangou, The Globe and Mail, Jan 19, 2020
‘A healing farm:’ Produce project helps Yazidi refugees in Manitoba plant roots
by The Canadian Press, December 24, 2019
How Does the Human Soul Survive Atrocity?
After the horror of ISIS captivity, tens of thousands of Iraqis — many of them children — are caught up in a mental-health crisis unlike any in the world.
by Jennifer Percy Photographs by Adam Ferguson, New York Times, Nov 1 2019
ISIS has a plan to bust out 70,000 supporters from Kurdish jails now that the US has abandoned the area to the Turkish military
by Mitch Prothero, Business Insider, Oct 10, 2019
ISIL is building a new caliphate from inside a Syrian refugee camp, and the West has no plan to combat it
by Josh Rogin, National Post, Aug 16, 2019
Yezidis submit thousands of genocide testimonies – but still no int’l court
by Zhelwan Z. Wali 7/8/2019
ISIS setting fire to crops in Syria and Iraq out of ‘cold-blooded revenge,’ monitor says CBC Radio · Jun 11, 2019
Farming project helps Yazidi refugees return to roots
by Angela Johnston, CBC News, Jun 11, 2019
All ISIS Has Left Is Money. Lots of It.
Even without a physical state, the Islamic State can still fund its main product: political violence.
by David Kenner, The Atlantic, March 24, 2019
Yazidi woman doctor brings former ISIS captives’ souls back to life
by Charlie Dunmore and Dalal Mawad, UNHCR, January 16, 2019
Far from the crumbling caliphate but haunted by ISIS
Yazidi refugees in Canada live with profound and persistent trauma — and they fear for their families still in Iraq and Syria
by Emily Rauhala and Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, April 10, 2019
I am a survivor of Islamic State violence. Don’t forget us.
by Nadia Murad, Washington Post, April 4, 2019
Interview with NY Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi
The Cut on Spotify, March 28, 2019
Starting 25 minutes in… She cried to hear their stories – Rukmini describes the enslavement of the Yazidi women and girls by ISIS as systematic, based on a theology of rape, a pre-planned enslavement of a specific people.
ISIS flag taken down, YPJ flag planted in Baghouz
ANF NEWS, March 22, 2019
Nadia Murad Calls For More Action To Help The Abducted Yazidi Women And Girls
by Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, March 16, 2019
Prioritizing ISIS over survivors?
by Nadia Murad, Trust, March 12, 2019
Winnipeg Yazidis call on government to act after bodies of beheaded women found in Syria
CBC, March 6, 2019
Meeting the mental-health needs of London’s Yazidi refugees
Hundreds of Yazidis from Iraq have resettled in southwestern Ontario. Many are dealing with considerable trauma — are local institutions equipped to support them? by Mary Baxter, TVO, Feb. 28, 2019
‘We are now free’: Yazidis fleeing Isis start over in female-only commune
The Guardian, Feb 25, 2019
Yazidi women who escaped ISIS now facing threats, harassment in Canada
CBC Radio, Feb 5, 2019
Today on The Current: We examine the legal and ethical conundrum of what to do about returning Canadian ISIS fighters
CBC Radio, Feb 7, 2019
Why not let the women and children in the Tijuana camp resettle in Canada?
Lloyd Axworthy, The Globe and Mail, Dec 12, 2018
Advocates urge more support for Yazidi refugees suffering seizures from PTSD, CBC News, Dec 7, 2018
Feds to temporarily extend one-year period for Yazidi refugees to reunite with family members in Iraq
The Globe and Mail, Dec 5, 2018
Yazidi refugees in Canada suffering PTSD-related seizures need their families: doctor
CBC Radio, Dec 4, 2018
Ottawa urged to reunite Yazidi refugees with their families to help treat rare disorder
The Globe and Mail, Dec 2, 2018
For a Yazidi refugee in Canada, the trauma of ISIS triggers rare, terrifying seizures
The Globe and Mail, Dec 1, 2018
MP Jenny Kwan’s address on Yazidi family reunification to the Citizenship and Immigration Committee
Canadian Parliament, Nov 28, 2018
Trauma survivors can change society says psychologist helping Yazidi survivors of ISIS
The Current, CBC Radio, Nov 5, 2018
Yazidi Women Comment on the Need for Trauma Care Programs
Canadian Parliament Press Gallery, 32 min, Oct 29, 2018
MP Jenny Kwan tables Yazidi trauma care petition in Parliament
1 min video, filmed off TV, Oct 29, 2018
Une réfugiée yézidie réclame l’aide d’Ottawa
La Presse, 29 Octobre 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges government for help navigating new world CBC, Oct 29, 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges Canadian government to help navigate new world
The Star, Oct 29, 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges government for help navigating new world
National Post, Oct 29, 2018
A Nobel Peace Prize winner who works to help women is donating her $500,000 winnings to victims of sex crimes
Business Insider, Oct 11, 2018
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was captured by ISIS, just won the Nobel Peace Prize
Vox, Oct 5, 2018
Traumatized Yazidi women face nightmarish healing process. Here’s what Canadians can do to help
National Observer, Oct 5, 2018
Save more Yazidi women fleeing ISIS sex slavery, refugee advocates plead to government
CBC Radio Early Edition, Sept 27, 2018
Take in more Yazidi women fleeing ISIS, refugee advocates urge Ottawa, CBC News, Sept 27, 2018
The Brett Kavanaugh case shows we still blame women for the sins of men
Rebecca Solnit, The Guardian, Sept 21, 2018
Broken People, Broken Promises: How Canada Is Failing the Yazidi
The Tyee, Sept 20, 2018
Trauma and perceived social rejection among Yazidi women and girls who survived enslavement and genocide
NCBI Research, Sept 13, 2018
We can help the Yazidis return home safely
Sally Armstrong, The Globe and Mail, July 3, 2018
The Wrong Kind of Woman: A Timeline of ISIS Killings Due to Gender
by, Timeline from July 22, 2014 to Nov 2017
Hundreds watch as Isis burns caged sex slaves to death
by Bel Trew, Cairo, The Times, June 8 2016
ISIS selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq: U.N.
Alarabiya News, Feb 4, 2015

Nadia Murad

WRAP Press Releases
Now is the time to keep our promise to the survivors of ISIS
Oct 25, 2018
Le temps est venu de tenir vos promesses envers les survivantes de l’EI
25 Oct, 2018
Nadia Murad receives Nobel Peace Prize for drawing attention to the torture of Yazidi women and girls in war
Oct 5, 2018
The Canadian government must keep its promise to Yazidi survivors
Sept 27, 2018
Media Advisory for Sept 27th Ceremony & Press Conference
Sept 24, 2018
Majed El Shafie in Vancouver Sept 26th-30th
Sept 17, 2018
Vancouver women support Yazidi women and girls in Canada
Sept 5, 2018

The Canadian government must keep its promise to female victims of ISIS

Twitter Women Refugees Advocacy Project


Road to Recovery:
Resettlement Issues of Yazidi women and children in Canada

House of Commons Report, MP Jenny Kwan was Vice-Chair of the committee.

1. Canada will take in 1,200 primarily Yazidi refugees, by Terry Pedwell, Macleans. ‘“As many have experienced unimaginable trauma, both physical and emotional, many will have unique psychological and social needs such as trauma counselling,”’ [Minister of Immigration and Refugees] Hussen said.
2. Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS, by Catherine Porter, New York Times, March 16, 2018.
3. ‘Please Take Us Back To Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days In Canada, by Naomi Buck, Chatelaine, December 8, 2017.
4.  Freed from ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped by Trauma by Alexandra Bradford, News Deeply, March 14, 2017
5. The Yazidis are in danger of extinction and Ottawa’s stopped helping, by Barbara Kay, National Post, June 19, 2018.

WRAP Letter to the Globe and Mail (unpublished)
Re: “For a Yazidi refugee in Canada, the trauma of ISIS triggers rare terrifying seizures“, by Christine Frangou, The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2018

To the Editor,

We are the group who initiated the petition that Jenny Kwan, MP, tabled in Parliament on October 29, 2018. The Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP), created the petition out of concern that Yazidi women and girls, survivors of enslavement and torture by ISIS, and refugees to Canada, were not receiving effective trauma care following their enslavement and torture by ISIS.

In our understanding, Yazidi women and girls are suffering not from a psychiatric disorder, but from a natural response to harrowing trauma. The professionals interviewed by Ms. Frangou, having been unable to sufficiently help, could yet reach out for guidance and training to those who have developed more successful means of working with survivors of torture. Specifically, Dr. Jan Kizilhan leads the world-famous program in Germany for female Yazidi survivors of torture.

The federal government interviewed Dr. Kizilhan, then ignored his advice. The results are made clear in Ms. Frangou’s article.

Along with Yazidi family reunification, there is much left for the federal government, with adequate funding, to do to help these courageous survivors. Meanwhile, we await parliament’s response to our petition asking for exactly this.


Women Refugees Advocacy Project